Journal article

Assembly processes lead to divergent soil fungal communities within and among 12 forest ecosystems along a latitudinal gradient

Yong Zheng, Liang Chen, Niu-Niu Ji, Yong-Long Wang, Cheng Gao, Sheng-Sheng Jin, Hang-Wei Hu, Zhiqun Huang, Ji-Zheng He, Liang-Dong Guo, Jeff R Powell

NEW PHYTOLOGIST | WILEY | Published : 2021


Latitudinal gradients provide opportunities to better understand soil fungal community assembly and its relationship with vegetation, climate, soil and ecosystem function. Understanding the mechanisms underlying community assembly is essential for predicting compositional responses to changing environments. We quantified the relative importance of stochastic and deterministic processes in structuring soil fungal communities using patterns of community dissimilarity observed within and between 12 natural forests and related these to environmental variation within and among sites. The results revealed that whole fungal communities and communities of arbuscular and ectomycorrhizal fungi consist..

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Awarded by Strategic Priority Research Programme (B) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to the staff of the CForBio for soil sample collection. We appreciate Professors Ke-Ping Ma, Xiao-Jun Du, WeiGuo Sang, Zhan-Qing Hao, Ming-Xi Jiang, Wan-Hui Ye, Min Cao, Xian-Kun Li, Guang-Ze Jin, Xiao-Yong Chen and BuHang Li for providing the plant information. We thank Jianjun Wang from Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences for helpful comments on the early version of the manuscript. We also acknowledge the valuable comments and feedback provided by the editor and three anonymous referees. This study was financially supported by the Strategic Priority Research Programme (B) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDB31000000), National Natural Science Foundation of China (31971447 and 31210103910) and the Australian Research Council (DP130102501 and FT190100590).